First Encounters

A DigitalNZ Story by National Library of New Zealand Topics

This topic explores the first meetings between Pasifika peoples, Māori and European explorers. The resulting cultural interactions had a profound impact on indigenous societies and also define Aotearoa New Zealand today. SCIS no: 1894561

social_sciences, arts, science, technology, Māori, history

Cook Landing

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Cook monument, Ship Cove

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Waka huia obtained by Captain Cook

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Iron helmet

Iron helmet (known as the "Spanish" helmet)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Captain Cook's chiefly gift

A Captain's Chiefly Gift - Tales from Te Papa episode 52

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Banks and Solander collection

Banks and Solander Collection - Tales from Te Papa episode 34

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Gisborne Captain Cook memorial

Captain Cook memorial, Gisborne

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Cook Memorial

Gisborne Photo News

Captain Cook's tiki

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Captain Cook

Captain Cook's third voyage (Jul 1776-Oct 1780)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

European ideas about Māori

European ideas about Māori: Explorers and Māori to 1800

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Tupaia

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Tupaia's painting of Joseph Banks

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Tolaga Bay

Alexander Turnbull Library

Gisborne

Alexander Turnbull Library

Māoriland memories

This newspaper article looks at the story behind stamps issued in honour of the 1906 New Zealand International Exhibition. One stamp in particular shows the landing of Captain Cook at Poverty Bay and outlines why Cook gave it that name.

MAORILAND MEMORIES. (NZ Truth, 11 August 1906)

National Library of New Zealand

Lisa Reihana

Services to Schools

Cook statue

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Pursuit of Venus

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First contact

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The Rabbits

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Cook landing site

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Ship’s bell

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Tupaia

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EPIC

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Captain Cook Society

Services to Schools

One of three anchors abandoned by French navigatior François Marie de Surville when his ship, the St Jean Baptiste, was caught in a storm off Tokerau in Doubtless Bay.

Anchor

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The death of Captain Cook

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tupaia's chart

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Charting Aotearoa

Services to Schools